Girls Swimming at Sectionals and State


The boys swim team takes part in a meet

Hannah Cunningham

     Last weekend the girls swimming and diving team took on a stressful meet at sectionals. They not only met their goal of placing top three, but they are taking five events to state.

     During the sectionals the girls were ranked to place second in both relays behind Byron and Boylan. Both schools having a strong season and competitive relays to take to sectionals.

     “I knew it was going to be tough to beat Boylan, but I knew we had it in us to pull out ahead so Madelynn had enough time to finish,” said Mikahla Gavina (‘20).

     The race the crowd had been waiting for the entire meet was the 400 Free Relay. After the race started the crowd was the loudest it has been in years. Coming in first place was Belvidere Co-op  with two seconds to spare before Boylan touched the wall.

     “I was so happy we made it to state in two relays, my team deserves it and we have been working hard for this win all season,” said Madelynn Marunde (‘18).

     Some of the other events the girls took to state where the 200 and 500 freestyle by Marunde(‘18) and the 100 backstroke by Mikahla Gavina(‘20).

     At the state meet located at New Trier High School, the girls finished of the season strong. Placing around their seated times and even dropping a couple seconds.

     “Each year I learn more and more being apart of this swim team, and I am going to miss the relay team we had this year, looking two strong swimmers,” said Sydney Wight (‘20).

     Next year the team is still looking to make it down to state in a relay and a couple individual events, as the Belvidere Co-op will be welcoming a few strong swimmers to the team.